Aristotle's Theory Of Virtue Ethics

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Understanding virtue ethics theories begins with understanding the concept of the ideal character traits a virtuous and ethical person has according to Aristotle’s Ethical Theory. I will argue that virtue ethics relies on the actions of a person in adhering to their duty as a part of society’s moral expectations. Louden argues that a contemporary analysis is necessary while holding a more pragmatic application about Aristotle’s view of practical wisdom as the standard of a person’s virtue ethics. I contend that this fails because it only focused on the realities of the contemporary world versus the polis community of the Aristotle’s era when he formed his theory. After first explaining Loudens argument for moral evaluation that it only takes place in an imitative manner. I show that his argument fails because he does not consider the lack of diversity of values during Aristotle’s era. I then offer a response on Loudens behalf and show how this rejoinder ultimately fails
Aristotle defines the moral virtues as habits, dispositions and a mean that is relative to us. Based on this definition of moral virtues Aristotle has proposed some requirements for people seeking to live virtuously. Aristotle’s definition of moral virtue requires the agent to
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The fact is no answers exist according to Louden although having an understanding of the virtuous agent along with the importance of access to and participation in a moral education and moral development the true role of the virtuous agent emerges. It is a matter of whether virtue in a person exists from the right reason along with the right desire that makes virtue ethics guiding the actions of the person. It is in this manner that humans have the understanding of the right reason resulting in successfully adapting subjective desires in affirming its commands (Louden,

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